“Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.”
I am aware that as an artist I have been given a great gift for which I am profoundly grateful. The world around me has become animated and alive in a way for which I had no appreciation prior to becoming an artist. Everything now is more than what it seems. It has the potential to become, through the alchemy of art, something new and transcendent.
A great photographer, Minor White, said “One should photograph objects, not only for what they are, but for what else they are.” The mystery and magic occurs when we contemplate what else something is or could become. This is the creative act and makes the world an endlessly fascinating place – we can never exhaust it’s potential.
I didn’t start making art until I was 40 years old – prior to that, a tree was just a tree. Now a tree can be a silent sentinel rising through morning mist with delicate grace, or a solitary beacon of ancient natural wisdom. The tree is a tree, but what else?
The desire to answer this question is the gift I have received.